Pinsent Masons

Construction Department

North West
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What the team is known for Leading construction department acting on behalf of a considerable client base, including utility companies, public sector bodies, developers and contractors, on a range of transactional and dispute matters. Offers expertise in the energy, real estate, infrastructure, manufacturing and government sectors, among others. Also active on a number of high-value construction projects overseas. Frequently provides clients with procurement and finance advice in connection with construction developments, and is experienced at advising contractors in PFI disputes and in international arbitration.

Strengths One client appreciates that the department is "very knowledgeable and experienced, and they provide practical advice," adding: "Everyone on the team is a pleasure to work with."

Another notes: "They listen to you as a client - they take your advice on how you want to progress. It's less a client-solicitor relationship and more a team working together."

Work highlights Advised the Ministry of Justice on the estate transformation programme under which it intends to procure the design and construction of new prisons in England and Wales, the new operation and maintenance framework for new and existing prisons, and procurement for eight new and existing prisons.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Bradley frequently provides clients with advice on risk management and disputes, and is experienced in matters ranging from PFI-related arbitrations to defective design litigation.
"A calming influence in a storm and the lawyer you would be happy to put in front of the group board."

Graham Alty has extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on procurement and contractual matters for large-scale projects, particularly in the infrastructure and energy sectors.
"Graham has excellent knowledge and has built a great practice around him."

Mark Job is well versed in handling non-contentious construction matters, including advising on contractual and procurement aspects of developments in the energy, infrastructure, education and manufacturing sectors.
"Mark shows more than the typically expected care to the matters we instruct him on."

Michael Hopkins is the head of the department's advisory and disputes practice, and regularly advises clients on adjudications and international arbitration, and other disputes concerning the design and construction of significant development projects.
"A great strategist and able to deliver on his plans""Incredibly experienced and commercially-minded."

Sian Hughes is an experienced disputes lawyer who frequently represents clients in manufacturing and energy, including in international arbitration proceedings.
"Sian is very good - sensible and really effective,"